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Senior Police officers grilled over activist arrest

30 June 2015, 21:54 Obare Nyamota

Nakuru - A senior police officer attached to the Nakuru Criminal Investigations department was on Tuesday summoned by a Nakuru court to explain circumstances surrounding the arrest of an a local activist.

Senior Resident Magistrate Judicaster Nthuku ordered Chief Inspector David Nandi to appear in court to testify in a case facing a Nakuru Human Rights Network director, Benard Macharia Mwangi.

Nandi is expected to shed light on the arrest of the activist who is charged for possession of a homemade gun.

Also summoned is the ballistic expert in the case.

During the hearing of the matter Monday, Human rights lawyer, Mbugua Mureithi put to task a flying squad officer testifying in the case.

The officer was at pains to explain the source of the tip that the accused was in possession of a gun prior to his arrest at his home in Kabatini area in Nakuru County.

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The officer told the court that he and other junior officers were just following orders from their boss who had directed for the arrest of Macharia.

The officer also produced in court the homemade gun allegedly recovered from the accused.

Macharia is facing charges that on August 23, 2013 at Kwa Amos village in Bahati sub-County he was found in possession of a homemade gun and two rounds of live ammunition without a licence.

The prosecution says the homemade gun was recovered from a Toilet in the accused person's homestead.

In March, the case file went missing but was traced and recovered after the intervention of the Chief Justice.

Further hearing of the case was slated for October 8 when the officer and other witnesses are expected to testify.

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